FaBRECC(Lafreniere)

Facility for Biogeochemical Research on Environmental Change and the Cryosphere

A lone tent in the snowy mountainsBiography

I was born and raised in Mattawa Ontario, situated in the Ottawa River Valley, on the traditional and unceded lands of my Algonquin ancestors. My interest in hydrology and water quality issues sprung from growing up in an environment where much of my day to day activities and well-being was dependant on the flow and quality of the Mattawa River.

I obtained my undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Western Ontario (B.Sc. Hon. 1996), and I pursued additional undergraduate studies as a part time student in Geology at the University of Ottawa in 1997. I conducted my graduate studies in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta (Ph.D. 2003). My thesis research investigated the hydrological and biogeochemical controls on the transport of organochlorine contaminants in glaciated alpine catchments as part of an interdisciplinary study investigating the elevated concentrations of organochlorine contaminants in the ecosystem at Bow Lake, Alberta.

I joined the Department of Geography at Queen's in July 2004. My research program at Queen’s examines the impact of climate change and anthropogenic activities on the hydrology, water quality, and biogeochemical processes of glacial and permafrost watersheds. I am the co-director of the Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory (CBAWO), a long term integrated watershed research facility on Melville Island, NU. My research combines the use of field observations and experiments across a range of scales, with laboratory experiments and biogeochemical analyses to investigate the impacts of hydrological and permafrost changes on the export, transport and cycling of carbon, nitrogen and dissolved metals and ions in watersheds in the Canadian Arctic. We engage in partnerships and knowledge exchange with the local Inuit communities who are the most directly affected by climate change, and strive to incorporate traditional knowledge to enhance the value, and our understanding, of collected data.

*** GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES***

I typically accept 1-3 new graduate students (MSc. or PhD) for fall admission each year. If you are a graduate or upper year undergraduate student interested in field and laboratory based research relating to environmental change impacts on arctic watershed processes and water quality, contact me. My research program and Queen's Geography offer a dynamic and collaborative research environment, with unique laboratory and field facilities for graduate research at various locations in the Canadian Arctic. For more information on my research program see the pages in this site, the Queen's Geography web site, as well as the CBAWO web site.